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Old 09-06-2012, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default For a premium product, why does Bowman Sterling get out sold by Bowman Chrome?

Interested to hear some peoples perspective on this.

Bowman Sterling, the premium version of the Bowman line, is continually outsold by it's cheaper, more economical, Bowman Chrome brethren.

I would closely align the Sterling line with the Draft line of Bowman, because of all of the prospect are similar in each set.

An example:

A 2010 Bowman Draft Box: $84.90 (1 prospect autograph)
Jameson Taillon Base Prospect Auto:$28.50

A 2010 Bowman Sterling Box: $319.85 (8 prospect autographs)
Jameson Taillon Base Prospect Auto: $12.50

Do you think if Sterling had the on-card autos, it would supplant Chrome as the top selling prospect cards on the secondary market?
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Chrome is king...over any other iteration of Bowman/Topps
2. Stickers
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Alot of it has to do with the looks. Id much rather a bowman chrome card over the sterling...
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Alot of it has to do with the looks. Id much rather a bowman chrome card over the sterling...
Agree with all the above so far.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For the stupid price it goes for you still get a load of $1 jsy & autos
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The odds of getting autos are so much easier compared to the Bowman Chrome product. Easier odds = less value
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Autos are easier to pull.

Bowman Chrome, you get 1 auto for $60-70.

Bowman Sterling gives you 10-14 autos for $300 -- cost per auto is significantly less.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I get the math that auto seem easier to get, but do you really think there are less of them?

I would almost venture to guess there are 2x or 3x as many Chrome autos on the market than Sterling autos.
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1. Chrome is king...over any other iteration of Bowman/Topps
2. Stickers
there are going to be some if not all hard signed this year
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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there are going to be some if not all hard signed this year
Well that is definitely good news and a step in the right direction. So in that case, we can just remove #2 and stick with #1
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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First of all the auto you are comparing isn't from Bowman Chrome it is from Bowman Draft, which you even pointed out.

I think Bowman Draft is quickly becoming many collectors Bowman product of choice. No useles veteran cards- all prospect and rookie cards, and Draft has had the strongest checklist over the last few years capitalizing on obtaining many players' first auto. Occasionally, one of the better players from the Draft goes into the next year's regular Bowman line. Bowman has the advantage of jumbo boxes but Draft now will have a limited amount of jumbos, too. Those who received will be sitting on a gold mine to flip as they will be way overvalued due to the scarcity. This years Draft is looked down on by many so Draft might not have the same value (certainly as last year) but you never know until down the road.

Anyway, I think the product Bowman Chrome is the weakest of the 4- Bowman, Chrome, Draft, Sterling. There are alot less cards per box; no jumbo boxes; worthless veteran cards; and GENERALLY the weakest checklist. This year there will be an extra auto every three boxes so I guess that makes 16 autos per case on average or a 1:3 chance of having 2 autos per box. Still- it is forgotten that you receive PLENTY of 5-10 dollar autos (or less) in all Bowman products, which stinks when you are only getting 1 or 2 autos per box. I got killed by 3 jumbo cases of Bowman this year in which I got nothing rarer than a couple blue autos of lesser players. No golds even. I only got one Cole base and one Taveras base as well. A lot of comes down to who you get (especially color autos) but I think there is as much risk involved with nearly every Bowman product. I love opening wax, but I'm approaching coming to the conclusion I just will buy singles because it is so much more cost effective and leave any wax purchases to non-prospect products. Not there yet though, lol.

I've always done well with Sterling for some reason- a few boxes here and there. It helped with 2011 I pulled a Trout refractor auto which paid for the whole box. This year I'm getting a case because the product looks much improved. As said above, nearly all of the autos this year will be on card for the first time- the product looks very sharp. The early checklist appears to be pretty strong as well combining some of the familiar rookie card autos (Harper, Darvish, Middlebrooks, and Trout will also be included) with some new prospect autos (Zunino, Hamilton, Castellanos, Dahl etc.) Also all of the goofy USA relics, etc are gone replaced with an extra auto per pack to make 18 per box. They have framed autos (which I loved from Museum Collection) as well. Dare I say that 2012 Sterling perhaps looks like the strongest Bowman release of the year.... even value wise perhaps? That might be stretching it a bit far but I am really looking forward to my case of Sterling. I have a 2nd one on order to rip or flip if the price goes up like it usually does.
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The cost per hit is much higher in bowman chrome..60-70 a box for 1-2 hits or 300 a box for 15-18 hits..also chrome has been around, sterling is a knockoff....
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stickers

resell value

chrome holds value better.... its like buying a hyundai and honda
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Price is based off the number of hits not their quality. In actuality hit-heavy products like Sterling actually have some of the cheapest cards. You are paying to assure yourself of multiple hits, not necessarily good hits.

Boxes like Bowman Chrome and Draft are cheap because they are one auto per box. BUT, those autos are just more popular and prestigious compared to Sterling autos.
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Interested to hear some peoples perspective on this.

Bowman Sterling, the premium version of the Bowman line, is continually outsold by it's cheaper, more economical, Bowman Chrome brethren.

I would closely align the Sterling line with the Draft line of Bowman, because of all of the prospect are similar in each set.

An example:

A 2010 Bowman Draft Box: $84.90 (1 prospect autograph)
Jameson Taillon Base Prospect Auto:$28.50

A 2010 Bowman Sterling Box: $319.85 (8 prospect autographs)
Jameson Taillon Base Prospect Auto: $12.50

Do you think if Sterling had the on-card autos, it would supplant Chrome as the top selling prospect cards on the secondary market?
If you sold 1 Chrome Taillon auto at $28.50, you'd make back 33.56% of the box price. Likewise, 8 Sterling Taillon autos at $12.50 each would get you 31.26% back. I know that's a nutty scenario, but when you look at it that way, there's not much difference between the two.
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